Sports Briefs

Published 2:19 am Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pinkston released

from hospital

BEREA (AP) — Browns offensive guard Jason Pinkston has been released from the hospital after being treated for blood clots in his lungs.

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Pinkston, who started Cleveland’s first six games at left guard, was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic last week with the life-threatening condition. The 25-year-old was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, ending his second NFL season. A Browns spokesman confirmed Pinkston was released Wednesday.

The former Pitt tackle wrote “Good god almighty it��s so good to see these streets again!!” on his Twitter page after getting out.

Pinkston became ill during the first half of Cleveland’s game on Oct. 14 against Cincinnati. He was rushed to the hospital just a few days later. John Greco started in Pinkston’s place on Sunday against Indianapolis and is expected to remain with the Browns’ first-team offense.



Barkley, Te’o finalists

for scholar-athlete

NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o are among 15 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the top scholar-athlete in college football.

The finalists are chosen by the National Football Foundation from all levels of college football and each receives an $18,000 in post-graduate scholarship. The winner will receive an additional $7,000 scholarship.

The Campbell Trophy will be awarded Dec. 4 at the NFF’s Hall of Fame banquet in New York.

Last year’s winner was Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez.

The other finalists announced Wednesday are:

Alabama center Barrett Jones; Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead; Texas tech safety Cody Davis; Mount Union safety Nick Driskill; Baylor quarterback Nick Florence; Northern Illinois defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson; West Texas A&M offensive lineman Aaron Mullane; Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib; Robert Morris defensive end Nolan Nearhoof; MIT offensive lineman Ethan Peterson; Duke quarterback Sean Renfree; Northwestern offensive lineman Patrick Ward; Saint Xavier (Ill.) receiver Shane Zackery.



Sports talk host fired

for Howard tweet

COLUMBUS (AP) — A Columbus sports talk-show host who was suspended after he tweeted he wished ESPN’s Desmond Howard would get fired or die has been dismissed by his station.

WBNS 97.1 The Fan, an ESPN affiliate and the flagship station for Ohio State athletics, posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday which said, “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.

The station’s general manager did not return a call seeking comment.

Torgerson tweeted 10 days ago that he wished Howard, who played for Ohio State’s chief rival Michigan, would get fired or die so Torgerson could again watch ESPN’s College GameDay. Torgerson was suspended last week.